‘Buried Treasure’ helps school leaders use data to realize improvement

School district leaders can gauge the health of their schools by cutting through the blizzard of statistics in which they are buried to focus on a few key indicators, according to a new online report from the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs. According to “Buried Treasure: Developing a Management Guide from Mountains of Data,” seven essential pieces of information can provide school board members, superintendents, central office staff, and community leaders with important data to reach conclusions about how well their schools are doing. These pieces of information include (1) student achievement; (2) progress toward elimination of the achievement gap; (3) student attraction; (4) student engagement with school; (5) student retention/completion; (6) teacher attraction and retention; and (7) funding equity. To learn how to measure the success of your schools according to these key criteria, download a PDF copy of the report at this address.

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